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A number of Chelsea players are self-isolating as a coronavirus outbreak at the club has put pre-season plans in jeopardy.
The Mail report Chelsea have confirmed several players have tested positive for the virus and have been ordered to stay at home to reduce the risk of infecting teammates and colleagues.
Among those in isolation are Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori – all of whom have just returned from holidaying in Mykonos, Greece, though it is not known whether any have contracted Covid-19.
Frank Lampard has already begun preparations for the new season at Chelsea’s training HQ in Cobham but will have to wait to be joined by those in quarantine.
Each player currently in isolation has undergone a test to determine whether they are carrying the virus ahead of their return to training.
In the cases of Abraham and Mount it could even scupper England’s plans as both players are due to report for Three Lions training on Monday ahead of next month’s Nations League fixtures after being included in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Chelsea are not the only team to record positive coronavirus tests since returning for pre-season.
Sheffield United, West Ham and Brighton were among 12 different clubs to record a total of 14 positive tests between them.
Liverpool are also believed to have had one member of their travelling party carrying the virus after testing shortly after landing in Austria.
While Chelsea’s on-field plans aren’t going quite as planned, off the field they are doing some impressive business in the transfer market.
Ben Chilwell became the latest star to join Lampard’s ranks after completing his £50million move from Leicester on Wednesday.
Former PSG defender Thiago Silva is expected to be the next player to arrive as he is set to undergo a medical on Thursday ahead of a proposed free transfer.
The Blues are also poised to snap up Malang Sarr on a free following his release from Nice, while Kai Havertz is in line to move to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in a club record deal worth £100million, with an announcement expected this week.
Courtesy of mirror.co.uk